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Broken Things

3.60  ·  Rating details ·  11,181 ratings  ·  1,713 reviews
It’s been five years since Summer Marks was brutally murdered in the woods.

Everyone thinks Mia and Brynn killed their best friend. That driven by their obsession with a novel called The Way into Lovelorn the three girls had imagined themselves into the magical world where their fantasies became twisted, even deadly.

The only thing is: they didn’t do it.

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Hardcover, 408 pages
Published October 2nd 2018 by HarperCollins
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Autumn I wouldn't buy it because once you finish it, then it doesn't really have the same mystery surrounding it.…moreI wouldn't buy it because once you finish it, then it doesn't really have the same mystery surrounding it.(less)
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Lola To correct the other person who answered, it was actually Brynn who was being spied on.

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daph pink ♡
[Caution :- spoilery mess and trashy GIFs ahead]

Before anything else , that cover ! THAT BEAUTIFUL AESTHETICALLY PLEASING COVER(gift from God totally ), I was staring at it and asking my mom , can she try these hairstyles on me?

->Yess my mom still make my hair sometimes ( no always , I am 18 year old baby).

Moving on, the book started REALLY REALLY strong like first page goes something like this

“Five years ago, when I had just turned thirteen, I killed my best friend. I chased her down a
Chelsea Humphrey
Aug 30, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: from-publisher
Well, I did indeed finish this with record breaking Lauren Oliver speed. While I did have the murderer figured out by page 25 (this could be chalked up to simply reading too many mysteries) and it felt slightly bloated, overall this was a compulsive, can't put it down type of book that I think many readers will enjoy. I'm going to think on this one a bit more before writing my full review, but I'll go ahead and post trigger warnings below.

CW: Murder of children, graphic violence, pedophilia, mur
apart from her ‘delirium’ series (which i adored), lauren olivers books have been a hit or miss for me. however, i was really looking forward to reading this because this is the first time ive read any sort of mystery story by LO and i couldnt wait to see how she did.

overall, i wasnt too disappointed with this, but it didnt excite me as much as i wanted it to, either. true to her style, the writing in this is wonderful. its the kind of prose that makes you want to read the entire book in one sit
Nov 26, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: ya-books, edelweiss, 2018
🤔 What really happened to Summer 😵 ? Summer Marks was brutally murdered in the woods. Everyone thinks her best friends did it... they didn't.

Broken Things was definitely an engaging read, unfortunately it was also quite predictable. The story begins on the 5th anniversary of Summer's brutal murder. We know that her best friends, Mia and Brynn, didn't do it. Yet, each girl holds pieces of the puzzle, secrets they have never shared with anyone.

Mia and Brynn haven't spoken since t
Sep 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
Five years ago, Summer Marks was brutally murdered and left in the woods of her hometown.

The story is that she was murdered by her two best friends, Mia and Brynn, in a horrific, ritualistic-style killing.

The girls had been knowingly obsessed with a fantasy book called, The Way Into Lovelorn. The running theory is that something found within those pages whipped them into a murderous frenzy. The thing is, they didn't do it.

Broken Things begins with Brynn finally being forced to leave the rehab c
Mar 15, 2018 rated it liked it
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Actual Rating: 3.5 stars

“Five years ago, when I had just turned thirteen, I killed my best friend.

I chased her down and cracked her over the head with a rock. Then I dragged her body out of the woods and into a field and arranged it in the center of a circle of stones I’d placed there with my other friend, Mia. Then we knifed her twice in the throat, and five times in the chest. Mia was planning to douse her body wit
Oct 26, 2018 rated it it was ok
2 stars.

For the most part, mystery novels, whether they be YA or adult, have always left me entertained with their stories. I've read my fair share of good mysteries as well as bad ones. And unfortunately, Broken Things is one of the bad ones. Not bad that I hated the story, but bad in that I was expecting more but didn't get much.

Broken Things takes inspiration from the Slenderman Stabbing that happened a few years back. The main characters, Mia and Brynn are the town pariahs. Five years ago, t
Oct 12, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya
4.5 stars for me. I found Broken Things to be a unique book-slightly disturbing but a good read.
Main characters Brynn, Mia and Owen were all accused of a horrific crime when they were younger-the killing of their friend Summer. Summer was left in a field and stabbed multiple times. There wasn’t enough evidence to charge anyone but the three remained ostracized from the local community.
Fast forward 5 years later and these now teens set out to clear their names and find out the truth of what hap
Feb 16, 2018 rated it liked it
The problem with fairy tales isn’t that they don’t exist. It’s that they do exist, but only for some people.

This was an interesting read. Lauren Oliver managed to blend fantasy into mystery in a unique way.

This is a story about three girls who were obsessed with a little-known fantasy novel called The Way into Lovelorn. In the book, there is a fantasy world that the characters find. For Summer, Brynn & Mia, that world is all too real. The girls think they found it in the woods. One day, Sum
Noura Khalid (theperksofbeingnoura)

Actual rating: 3.5

Thank you Harper Collins for sending a review copy in exchange for an honest review

Trigger Warning: Murder, abuse, animal abuse, pedophilia, self harm and violence.

The moment I read the synopsis I knew I had to read this book. Mystery has never been one of my usual genres but I figured this one was definitely worth a try.

The way the first chapter started hooked me in immediately. I was intrigued by the plot and excited to start guessing who the real murderer was. The story was
alana ♡
Sep 13, 2018 rated it liked it
Let's just get this out of the way first, the cover of this book is actual HAIR GOALS, and I would be 100% lying if I told you that wasn't what caught my attention first. The second reason I was drawn to this was because it reminded me of the Slender Man stabbing case where two best friends lured another friend into the woods and repeatedly stabbed her an attempt to impress the fictional Slender Man and left her to die. Luckily, the real-life story does have a happy ending and does not end with ...more
Camile Souza (This Chamber of Books)
"Before we were the Monsters of Brickhouse Lane… we were just girls."


Broken Things is a standalone YA thriller with multiple perspective. Five years after their best friend was murdered, people still believe Brynn and Mia were the ones who did it, even though the cops couldn’t prove it. The three girls were obssessed with a fantasy novel called The Way Into Lovelorn and it turns out Summer was killed in a similar way to a Lovelorn ritual. Now, they are tryi
Dec 11, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-2018

I mean it wasn't bad but I just expected so much more. I didn't really care for most of the characters and I think I really didn't like that this somehow turned into a love story??
Liz Barnsley
Aug 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
There is a dark beauty to Lauren Oliver's writing that gets me every time- Broken Things is a melancholy, beautifully plotted tale of friendship and murder.

An obsession with a book that had no ending leads 3 friends down a dangerous path. One dies, the others are assumed guilty, years later they come together once more to try and discover the truth..

I love the way the author digs deep into her characters, peeling back the layers with huge insight. The mystery elements are clever and emotional, f
Lauren Lanz
Jun 28, 2019 rated it did not like it
1.5 stars *sigh*

Here’s the scoop: Lauren Oliver can’t write teenage girls.

Our two main characters (Brynn and Mia) seemed exactly the same in the sense that they’re both big balls of rage with no distinguishing traits. I had to pay attention to surroundings or home life in order to figure out whose POV was who, not to mention they were both bland and uninteresting, I couldn’t connect to either of them at all.

Broken Things follows three girls -one of them (named Summer) who was brutally murdered f
That ending!! Wow. I have the impression that I held my breath for the second half of the book, and that I can finally breathe. Wow.

Many thanks to HarperCollins Canada for my early copy! ❤️
Aj the Ravenous Reader
This book is more than just a murder case, more than just solving a mystery. It is very beautifully written, atmospheric, almost magical, mysterious, suspenseful, eerie but also moving all at the same time.

I have almost forgotten Ms. Lauren Oliver's extraordinary talent in writing which was what I really fell for when I read her Before I Fall. She definitely has the ability to make these familiar, almost stereotypical characters into something very refreshing and new. She honestly knows how to
Megan ❀
PSA: this has gay girls in it!!! Y'all get on this!!!

It's interesting, whenever I pick up a fantasy book, I usually know from reviews beforehand if the novel has LGBT+ characters. But for some reason, with contemporary/mystery/thriller books, I have no idea until I see it explicitly on the page. This has happened to me with three different novels and I really think the universe has given me a sixth sense for finding gay girls in contemporaries.

Surprise gay girls aside, Broken Things was really n
Nov 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing

* you all know I’m trash for thrillers/murder-mysteries, so it was virtually impossible from the get go for me to not like this lolol
* this book toyed with my mind SO much - I kept asking myself whether there was indeed something supernatural happening or was I losing my mind
* and honestly, what better way is there for you to know a book is good: “is it making me question my life, sanity and choices? yes. PERFECT, I’M SOLD”
* huge props to Lauren Oliver for crafting this so beautifully,
Mlpmom (Book Reviewer)
May 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
Once again Oliver manages to create something unlike anything else that I've ever experienced. A flawless blend of fantasy mixed with realism, with just the right amount of mystery thrown in that will leave readers turning the pages and guessing what will happen next.

With characters that are flawed, imperfect, and most of the time, not very lovable but still manage to capture you interest by being both intriguing and fascinating.

Truly a book fans will love and those looking for something both un
Elle (ellexamines)
Mar 14, 2018 marked it as zzzzz-coverporn-etc
Shelves: x-coverporn
I read to 45% and then skipped to 85% and read to the end.

This seemed to have everything I could have wanted, but sadly I was disappointed.

Mia and Brynn sounded exactly the same. I had to pay attention to the things in their surroundings to remember who was who and even then it wasn’t super apparent at times—especially with the past and present flip flopping. The best part of this story was Abby. I loved her snark and style.

Plot wise, I was boooooooored. The “mystery” lacked tension and even
Nov 17, 2020 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
nevermind the fact that i've yet to find a lauren oliver book i've actually enjoyed/not mostly hated or the fact that sometimes i mix her up with gayle forman

but the cover is pretty!

Sahil Javed
Jan 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: bookshelf, mystery
Broken Things follows Mia and Brynn, who, five years ago, were accused of murdering their best friend, Summer, in the woods. Now, on the 5th anniversary of her death, a seemingly insignificant discovery brings the two estranged friends back together in order to find the answer to a question that has always been on their minds: who really killed Summer Marks?
“Before we were the Monsters of Brickhouse Lane—before everyone from Connecticut to California knew us by that tagline, and blogs ra
Patty (IheartYA311)
Dec 05, 2018 rated it liked it
2.5 stars. Not impressed. I've read a couple other books of Oliver's and was hoo-hum about those too. Nothing special, bland, basic. Could have passed on this one. Was waiting for suspense but it flopped. ...more
Gaby (lookingatbooks)
Mar 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc
I absolutely loved this
Adah Udechukwu
Oct 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
Broken Things is a bit good. It started well. The first page had me hooked but the last 5 chapters was underwhelming.
Oct 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
I admit, there are very few Lauren Oliver books I don't like. I always find her stories to be addicting and I don't hate her characters (which is a real struggle).

I thoroughly enjoyed this and I can't wait for another Lauren Oliver novel (that isn't sci-fi because fuck that.)

Also it was a not so pleasant reminder that middle school girls are pretty much monsters and I'm really glad I don't have to deal with them anymore.

The Library Ladies
Oct 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
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I want to say thank you to Edelweiss for providing me with an eARC of this novel!

Horrorpalooza has officially begun!!! As you all know, the month of October is where I try to do all horror/upsetting thriller, all the time, and kicking off with the new Lauren Oliver is a great way to begin! Lauren Oliver has written some pretty stellar YA novels in multiple genres, but I think that her mind bending thrillers are her best. I especially liked the boo
“That's what heartbreak feels like: a little death."

This was actually okay, but the only thing that keeps me from giving it a higher ratings is that story-wise it felt a bit trite. Lauren Oliver's writing is great, though.

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Lauren Oliver is the cofounder of media and content development company Glasstown Entertainment, where she serves as the president of production. She is also the New York Times bestselling author of the YA novels Replica, Vanishing Girls, Panic, and the Delirium trilogy: Delirium, Pandemonium, and Requiem, which have been translated into more than thirty languages. The film rights to both Replica ...more

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